Bible Studies/Genesis 6

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I have tried to figure this out on my own and have failed. During the flood, God told Noah that two of every kind of animal and every kind of creature that moves along the ground. In my mind, I am thinking that creatures are the same thing as animals. Is there a difference?

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The difference between "animals" and "creatures" may be a matter of the translation you choose.  My study Bible is the New King James Version and the passage in Genesis 6:19-20 reads:

And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.  Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

In this translation, there is a distinction between animals that move along the ground and creeping things such as snakes.  So we see that there are birds (flying), animals (on the ground), and things that creep (slither along or under the ground).  It is also important to note that there are times when the same idea will be presented two ways in order to communicate the meaning - though that not is the case here.

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Using the Bible as my primary source and references in support of it, I am willing to answer questions on subjects from the Old and New Testaments. My faith is based on biblical Christianity and fundamental views from the Bible. I cannot answer questions about specific sects or religious organizations nor can I address religions outside biblical Christianity. As a Christian for over 40 years, I have studied many aspects of the Christian faith. My particular interests are in creation and the natural processes of the world around us and how they fit with the biblical record. I believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I believe that there are no contradictions in the Bible and that the Bible is complete in telling us as individuals how we should relate to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; our purpose on earth; and how we should live. Greek lauguage study has helped me gain additional insight into the New Testament but most of my reference work is done in English and, to a lesser degree, German.

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